A SERIES of high-profile operations leading to the arrest of prolific thieves have contributed to a dramatic fall in house burg-laries.
Superintendent Ian Hopkins told visitors to Tarvin's Police Forum house that burglaries have dropped by 34% when comparing the last three month's figures with the same period last year.
The results have been put down to the arrests of a number of known hook and cane thieves and prolific burglars.
Detective sergeant Sarah Pengelly, of Cheshire Police burglary unit is pleased with the results.
She said: 'This unit of dedicated detectives that work solely in the area of household burglaries are very pleased with the progress made.' Prolific offender Jeffrey Hepburn was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment on June 11.
'We suspected him of over 40 burglaries,' said DS Pengelly.
Hepburn, who was also active in Warrington, Vale Royal, Congleton and Ellesmere Port, was identified as a suspect and a covert operation was put into action.
'He was arrested on April 10 and admitted a further 42 offences to be taken into consideration,' said DS Pengelly.
Three youths from the Liverpool area are going through the court system in relation to a series of burglaries in Upton in May and June this year.
A number of preventative measures have also met with considerable success.
When offenders are released from prison, they are subjected to a risk-assessment. Those identified as potential re-offenders are monitored closely.
'One Blacon man recently released from prison was assessed by a number of different agencies to be at a significant risk of reoffending. Within a matter of days there was evidence he had committed a number of offences and is back in prison.'
However, she says, there is still work to be done.
'Over the last two months this division has suffered a series of distraction burglaries. Victims need to be aware that any worker will produce identity cards or use a password system.'
DS Pengelly is positive about the future.
'We will continue to work towards making this community a safer place. We can only do that with the help of the community, with the information they provide.'